Originally Posted by RecreationOnly-SGN
Apologize to Turkey? lol, you sound like our President. I admit my post was a huge fail at attempted humor. But an international apology, you saved my bad joke.
I did spend time at Incirlik AFB (Izmir) and Adana AFB back in the late 80's. During that time, I would never venture out for a home game with people I didnt know very well. It was too much of a risk.
I understand there has been a Muslim Resurgence since then, making it even more of a risk now for the average American. I'm sure you can point to some other Wikapedia link to prove otherwise, but my point that was missed due to my humor fail was find a way to play poker on base or on line. When you venture out, go to Kushadasi or Ephisus and experience the culture and historic sites in the area.
This is like a quadfecta of stupidity.
- Overt political bias / gratuitous political commentary
- Claim of prior stupidity as just a joke
- Labeling Turkey as any sort of risk for Americans (except perhaps in the east)
- Basing 2010 poker advice on your personal experience 20 years ago
Turkey's been a secular republic for 80 years, and had legalized gambling for a good chunk of that. I mean, you do realize that if the OP does go to home games he's going to have a "bff" there with him, right?
I'm glad that you at least feel ashamed enough to try and namedrop some of the cultural sites in the area, but maybe you should try and go back as a tourist one of these days to get a perspective on Turkey which doesn't involve you being stationed there. Americans get around just fine in at least the western half of Turkey, and Turkey's one of the most pro-American states in the Middle East. Didn't it ever strike you odd that a Turkey which you describe as some hand-cutting, cleric-dominated culture allowed an American military base on their soil?
And incidentally, online poker is illegal in Turkey, one of the real (as opposed to imagined) effects of the "Muslim Resurgence."